Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy! Japan Style!

I miss you all so much! And I love you so much! 

This week is President and Sister Rasmussen:s last week here in Japan! Our new Mission President comes this week! We had our last zone conference this week with the Rasmussens, and then Morioka also had District Conference (like Stake Conference) on Saturday and Sunday, so we got to see the Rasmussens then too! The District Conference was so cool! It was broadcast live to all the stakes/districts in Japan from Salt Lake City! Elder D. Todd Christofferson and a couple other general authorities spoke to us! It was so good! 

The biggest news of the week is that our sweet investigator Ryo chan finally received permission from her dad to get baptized! She:s wanted to get baptized for a long time, but her parents wouldn:t let her. But this week, her dad finally gave her permission! So she will be baptized this coming Sunday morning!! She has attended church for the last year, and is so faithful, brings her friends to church, and is basically a member. But now, she:ll get to make the covenant and receive the Holy Ghost, which she is super excited about! 

This week me and Morita Shimai were walking on the road that goes by our apartment and up in front of us was this big guy walking up ahead of us. He had a crutch under both of his arms and one of his legs had this medical leg equipment all up and down his right leg. His foot couldn:t even touch the ground as he walked because the medical equipment suspended his leg up in the air a few inches above the ground. He walked so slowly and uneven. I walked behind him and just watched him. It made me so sad. I don:t even think about walking, but for him, every single step is hard. We caught up with him and told him hello and talked about what beautiful weather it was and asked him where he was going. He was so kind and just seemed like a good soul. We only talked for a second and then went our different ways, but I was thinking later, that I hope I can meet him again. I want him to know that because of Christ, one day, he is going to walk! I really want him to know that! It was a sad moment, but I am thankful for what I felt, because it was one of those "life moments" where you just kind of stop and remember just how beautiful and fragile this life is, how really dependent we are on our God, and the gift to be human and to be alive. 

This week we went again to Muraki Shimai:s house out in the country and helped her stack a pile of firewood and pull some weeds. She is so sweet! We got to meet her husband for a second, who isnt a member and he told us thank you for the help! Then today, we had a cooking party here at the church with Muraki Shimai and some other sisters in the ward, and Muraki Shimai invited a less active sister to come too. It was so fun! We made tacos and Oreo pie! 

Something I do pretty much every morning is 100 JUMPING JACKS out on our back porch in the morning sunshine!! I LOVE it. It is so good and invigorating! 

Well its time for me to go. I love you!

Love Kingu Shimai

Hi my Mama! I love you so much! I was just looking back at your letter to me a couple of weeks ago, where you wrote all about your honeymoon to Jackson Hole and the wedding day. Thanks for writing all of the wonderful details of beautiful life! 

One of my favorite parts was you sharing so specifically about when you were getting married and you walked up and hugged Grandma Kerr and she was crying. It was so short and sweet and simple what you wrote, but it was beautiful, and just knowing about that little moment with you and Grandma Kerr has so much meaning. 

Also it was fun to read that now you are an army wife! Whew how exciting! You are so official! 

Then in this last weeks letter to me you wrote something that my heart really needed. The week after the wedding, I started feeling worried that maybe you might not love Dad as much as Dave. I didn:t want to write home about it though. I just tried to let it pass and keep trusting. Then I felt like your letter to me this week was the little reassurance that I needed from my Mama, cause you said that you had a strong feeling of missing Dad and that Dad will always be your sweetheart. Thank you so much for telling me that Mama. But I am so happy you can be married right now to Dave! The other day I started feeling a little mad that you moved to Kansas, feeling sorry for myself I guess, and thinking that "I didn:t ask for this!" kind of a thing. But then the thought came,...but I did ask for my Mama to have this miracle in her life. I prayed for you to be able to get married! So the thought that came was that I would much rather have you so happy and married and in Kansas, than I would want you to be at home, alone and not as happy. So I am just completely grateful, even though it is a little hard that you are in Kansas. God is good, He is taking care of us!

Do you know about the Facebook page that my mission has? Remember how I told you last week in my email about dancing in the festival here in Morioka? Well, it got filmed and apparently its on YouTube and Sister Rasmussen told me this week that they posted it to the mission Facebook page. So if you want, you can check it out! We are Happy from Morioka, Iwate

I hope everything I said in this email is okay. Here:s my heart! 

I love you so much!. Thanks for being my beautiful wonderful MAMA! 

Love Courtney Elise

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